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Liverpool to offer mental health support to fans over ‘distressing’ Champions League final trouble


Liverpool said on Thursday that the Premier League club is working with mental health oragnisation to offer support to fans who were caught in crowd trouble in the lead up to the Champions League final in Paris.

Liverpool to offer mental health support to fans over Champions League final trouble (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A section of Liverpool fans were tear-gassed by the French police
  • Crowd trouble erupted in the lead up to the Champions League final in Paris
  • Britain and France have been playing blame games

Liverpool on Thursday said they are working with mental health organisations to offer support to fans who need it after a ‘distressing’ turn of events in the lead-up to the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday.

The Champions League final was delayed by 36 minutes at the Stade de France after thousands of fans were queuing up to enter the iconic venue. The UEFA said the delay was due to late arrival of fans. However, a section of English football fans, including children. were tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed despite having tickets to the final. Visuals from Paris circulated on social media showed a section of Liverpool fans being pushed away by security officials.

While Liverpool fans had maintained they did not create crowd trouble in Paris on Saturday, French police blamed fans of the Premier League club for flooding the capital city without tickets and creating chaos. Britain and France have shifted blame even as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson labelled the turn of events in Paris ‘deeply upsetting’ and called for an inquiry.

“The club has pledged financial assistance for those organisations already in high demand, and is encouraging fans to seek support if they feel they need it at this time,” Liverpool said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The scenes witnessed in and around Stade de France, before and after kick-off, on Saturday night will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.

“Working with the LFC Foundation, who collaborate with professional mental health services on a daily basis, the club has compiled a list of organisations supporters can turn to right now.”

Liverpool have requested an investigation into the crowd trouble and also urged fans to complete a feedback form to support any investigation into the operational management of the event.

UEFA, which was slammed for the chaos, has commissioned an independent inquiry into the incident, while French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said they would produce a report within 10 days.



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